24-Year-Old Hanford Man Killed, 3 Injured in Merced County Truck Accident on Interstate 5 near Highway 140
Merced County, California (January 9, 2020) – One person was killed and three others were injured early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision in Merced County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The deadly accident happened at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 8 on Interstate 5, just south of Highway 140.
According to the CHP, a 54-year-old Sun City man was driving a 2014 Volvo semi-truck trailer northbound in the right lane of Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons, he allowed his vehicle to cross over the center median and entered the southbound lanes of the highway, where it sideswiped a 2013 Peterbilt semi-truck that was hauling a tanker filled with 8,600 gallons of gasoline.
The Volvo then collided head-on with a 2004 Lexus ES330 driven by a 24-year-old Lemoore man. As a result of the crash, the tanker rolled over on the right shoulder of the interstate and spilled an unknown amount of gas.
A passenger in the Lexus, a 24-year-old Hanford man, was declared dead at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.
The driver and another passenger in the Lexus, a 21-year-old Lemoore man, both suffered minor injuries in the crash. The 21-year-old Lemoore man was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The driver of the Volvo sustained minor injuries while the Peterbilt driver was not injured.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were shut down as crews worked to the cleanup of the oil spill.
The accident remains under investigation.